Don’t Forget The Conduit

Posted on 4th March 2011 in Installations

If you’re building a new home then one of the ‘must dos’ is to put a length of 90ml stormwater pipe under your driveway and any paved areas.
If you forget this then it’s likely we will need to lift your paving and then relay it – an unnecessary expense if you plan ahead.
And make sure you use at least a 40ml pipe as we will need to get both a 25 ml pipe and wire through it.

As well as digging the pipe in be sure to mark where it is with a couple of stakes. It’s amazing how hard they are to find a few weeks later!

It’s always helpful to have conduit into planter boxes or under smaller paths, but usually we can get under paths with a hose and dig under planter boxes.


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My Most Common Fix

Posted on 2nd March 2011 in What's Going on There?


If I had to name the most common ‘fix’ I do over summer it would be replacing the risers on sprinklers that have been driven over. It happens all the time!

If you discover that your system seems to have lost some pressure on a station then look for 1 or more sprinklers with water pooling around them. The most likely place you will find these sprinklers is by the kerb as typically cars drive over them and the pressure snaps the small black poly riser that joins the sprinkler to the PVC pipe.

Unless you have a ‘riser removal tool’ you won’t be able to fix this on your own. So either give me a call or duck down to your local retic store and get one of these tools and a new riser. Be sure to check the size of riser before going as it may be longer that the standard 15mm x 25mm.



Once you’ve removed the old riser you can install the new sprinkler and riser. Be sure to flush out any sand and rubbish before inserting the nozzle otherwise you will be making another trip to the store for a new nozzle.



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Lost Water Pressure?

Posted on 1st March 2011 in What's Going on There?


Over this summer I have come across two incidences of faulty water meters in the Quinns Rocks area.

On both occasions the home owners had lost water pressure to their sprinklers and had no easy explanation. After checking for faulty solenoids and searching for leaky pipes I was stuck for a solution.

So we called the Water Corp and they sent out their meter testing bloke and discovered that for some reason the meter was not opening fully and this was the source of the problem. Who would have thought?…

In one case it was very obvious that this was the source of the problem as water pressure all around the home was signifcantly reduced, but in the other it was only reduced enough to affect one station with a lot of sprinklers on it. So if you find yourself in this kind of a situation then consider that it may be the water meter itself…

One Solenoid Stuck On

Posted on 1st March 2011 in What's Going on There?

A common problem is for one station to remain on while the system goes thru its cycle. Almost invariably this is due to the solenoid on that station being faulty and being stuck open.

Depending on what type of solenoid you have it is most likely going to be a faulty diaphragm. Usually it is best just to replace the entire solenoid and be sure that all will work well for a few years to come.

If you wish to try and replace the diaphragm then remove the top half of the solenoid (you may be able to screw it off if it is a ‘jar top’ or you may need a screwdriver to remove screws) locate the diaphragm – it is a piece of rubber and then take it to your local retic store and ask for a replacement.

You will pay around $15.00 for a new diaphragm. Then simply refit it as you removed it (but don’t forget the spring)

When it comes to replacing solenoids I have a range of charges:

a) If it is exposed and dug out with no complicated pipework to add to the time of the repair then the cost would be close to $120.00 inc GST for a new solenoid.

b) If the solenoid is easy to locate but requires digging up then $130.00

c) If you have no idea where the solenoids are then its $120.00 plus the cost of the time it takes to locate the solenoid in question. Generally speaking using either common sense or an electronic tracking device a solenoid can be located in around 30 minutes.

For help with any of these issues call Andrew on 0400044236 or email

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This Weather…

Posted on 1st March 2011 in Local Knowledge

Its been a very long hot summer, but here in WA we have done well when it comes to conserving water. In spite of some of the toughest conditions we have seen in a long time we have actually gone forwards rather than backwards.

So just a reminder that the Water Corp are now asking if we will scale back our water usage by 20%. That means if you are running normal Toro pop-ups you can reduce your usage to 8 min/station. If you are using MP Rotators then you can reduce the run time to 40 min/station.

Hopefully we will get a break in the heat soon.



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